- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:
Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
Local Measures to Combat COVID 19
On the 16th March 2020, the Andorran authorities introduced a number of measures in response to the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting many countries across the world.
These measures, include the closure of most shops other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies. All leisure, cultural and sports centres have been closed as have the ski resorts.
Public transport is also operating at a reduced capacity and schools, higher education institutions and vocational training centres are closed.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Mozambique.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Madrid.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about Andorra before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Andorra, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
Specific emergency numbers are:
- Ambulance/Fire Brigade 118
- Police 110
- Mountain Rescue 112
- Medical Emergency Service 116
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
There is a general threat from terrorism in Europe, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. However, the threat in Andorra is considered to be low. In the event of any security incident, you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Crime remains relatively low in Andorra but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport or your passport card (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public. Check that no one can see you enter your PIN or the transaction amount, and no one has has followed you after conducting your business.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Andorra, report it to the local police immediately. The number for the police in Andorra is 110. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Madrid if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Andorra, you should take normal precautions and to drive on the right-hand side, the opposite to Ireland. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full and international driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- If you are hiring a vehicle, make sure that you have all the documentation to present to police, in case required.
- Andorra has stricter drink-driving laws than most European Union countries. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
- If you need to leave your vehicle as the result of a breakdown or accident, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
- Drivers must carry two red warning triangles to place in front of and behind the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs , traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug), carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
It's illegal to consume alcohol in public in Andorra and there is a penalty of €300.
Andorra isn't a member of the European Union and if you buy duty-free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods, you'll have to pay taxes and duties on them when you re-enter European Union countries.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Andorra.
Your passport must be valid for the planned period of your stay. You should take a number of photocopies of your passport with you and during your stay, and carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Natural disasters and climate
If you’re travelling to Andorra, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents
If you’re going to a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and throughout your visit (see: www.avalanches.org).
Be alert to the risk of avalanches and always follow the safety instructions issued by the authorities at ski resorts.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions. If you’re planning on skiing or taking part in other winter or adventure sports, ensure that your insurance policy provides appropriate cover.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Andorra.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. activities such as skiing or other winter or adventure sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
More travel advice
Because we don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, we can’t give you up-to-date travel advice.
But you can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State
As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, assistance is provided through the Embassy of Ireland, Madrid.
Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, you should call the main Embassy number, +34 91 4364093, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.
This mailbox is monitored regularly.
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.